Florian Lejeune had surgery to fix the ACL knee injury he picked up in training and we couldn’t believe it when we saw videos the next day of him walking.
That looked like the injury may not have been as bad as we all expected.
And news today in the Chronicle that the talented French center-back will make a return much quicker than expected.
He could return within four to six months of the injury and that has to be very good news for Florian and for Newcastle.
Florian Lejeune – in action last season
The report is that Lejeune was operated on by a top specialist in Italy – Professor Paolo Mariani – and Rafa could see the 27-year-old back into his squad fairly quickly.
The caution here is you cannot rush players back with this kind of injury and we saw that with Ryan Taylor, who picked up a second ACL while recovering from the initial one.
Rafa has used the professor before and the players always seem to recover quickly.
This is what Rafa said yesterday when asked for an update on Lejeune injury:
“Normally this injury, in the past, could be nine months.”
“It depends on what is going on, but it was between six and nine months.”
“Now, in our experience with this surgeon [Professor Mariani] in Italy, it takes less – normally between four and six months.”
“It depends what is going on and if we have any complications.”
“Last year we had Rolando, and he was fine in four months with the same surgeon.”
“Normally, between four and six months – if you don’t have any complications.”
If it’s only four months Florian could be back in training in late November – that would be the very best scenario.
Let’s hope there are no complications with the Frenchman’s recovery, but it looks like the 27-year-old could be fit to play in the second half of the season.
This is very good news.